This three-bed property, with spacious verandah, sits in an old stone quarry with views to Nairobi National Park. If you are seeking tranquility within 30 minutes of the city in an area of outstanding natural beauty, then this is the place for you.
Quarry Cottage is stone built with an open plan living space, artisan-made furniture, two double and one single bedroom, a bathroom with shower and bath, rooftop verandah. The 4 m wide verandah on three sides of the house provides a natural viewing platform to the park and is furnished with a large dining table, safari chairs, and a sofa. If the weather proves a bit chilly, then a fire can be lit indoors.
Bed and breakfast : I have space for a maximum of 4 people. The cost per single person is 4000 ksh, for a double 7500 ksh. Weekly rates are attractive - single £(phone number hidden) ksh, dble £(phone number hidden) ksh; monthly rates : single £(phone number hidden) ksh, dble £(phone number hidden) ksh.
If you don't feel like going out to one of the local restaurants or further afield, dinner can be prepared for you at a competitive price. Dietary requirements can be catered for. Just let me know what you feel like eating and I will give you a quote.
If you would like to rent the whole house on a self-catering basis please let me know - the minimum booking period is 2 nights. This arrangement gives access to all three bedrooms sleeping a maximum of 5 people on a self-catering basis.
Currently a long term let for the whole house costs 10 000 ksh per night/60 000 per week with a slightly higher rate for Christmas (24, 25, 26 December) and New Year (31, 1, 2 January) : 12 000 per night.
This includes the services of a gardener who can provide seasonal produce from the vegetable garden and deal with any issues relating to the house and its surroundings.
I or a friend will welcome you to Quarry Cottage, and be available on call in case of any issues arising within the property. It is a simple functional space with gas/electric cooker, fridge, washing machine, all available for the use of guests.
Interaction with Guests
I look forward to inviting you into my home and will be only too happy to show you around and help you out with any queries. Dietary requirements should be stated at time of booking so that I have time to buy the right ingredients for a tasty breakfast!
I love the area I live in. Not only is there a swimming pool at the lodge a few km away, but there are also 2 restaurants in close proximity. The cul-de-sac the house is set on is rough but scenic and provides the ideal site for jogging and walking. It leads to Masai Gate, an entrance to Nairobi National Park, and impala, zebra and even eland are regularly seen on the roadsides. Kitengela Glass is a short hike or 20 minute drive away - not to be missed. The Dame Sheldrake Elephant Orphanage is also nearby - about a 20 minute drive - and the city itself 30-40 minutes away. Quarry Cottage is the ideal base for exploring Nairobi and its surroundings, with easy access to Karen and its many attractions eg The Giraffe Centre, The Karen Blixen Museum, MatBronze.
The best way to access this property and to move around Nairobi is by car or taxi. There is plenty of space for parking next to the property and the access road is passable in all weathers. Public means - matatus, motorbikes - can drop you at the Community Police Post at the end of the tarmac road a few km away and then one can hire a tuk tuk, motorbike, or taxi, or walk along to the house.
Other Things to Note
Other visitors to be aware of are baboons, who can be alarming. Ignore them and they will go away. Make sure your car doors and the front door to the house are closed when they are nearby.
Security Deposit is based on 50% of total bill and can be paid on arrival direct to me and returned on departure.
I am a non-smoker and therefore don't allow smoking inside. Sorry! I also cannot allow dogs or any other pets.
This is my home and please treat it as you would your own, with care. Please let my friend (host) know if you break anything so that it can be repaired/ replaced. We are in a water-scarce area down here on the Maasai plains so do use water sparingly - it comes from a borehole and is a non-renewable resource! Sewage enters into a septic tank so only toilet paper into the toilet please.
On arrival you will find a Safety Card with useful numbers.
My family and I had a wonderful stay at Jo's house overlooking the Nairobi National Park. In terms of wildlife viewing, my expectations of what we could see from the house were by far exceeded! We had a zebra in the yard on the first morning. I think it was chased in by a lion! What more could you want! We even had a use encounter with a water buffalo, but I don't recommend that! :) The staff, Emma and Christopher looked after us well. We have recommended the place to our friends. Thank you Jo for opening your beautiful home up.
Its hard to find the place for the first time but its location is unique and therefore you got to take your time!!
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Having lived and worked in conflict zones across Africa and within Europe (Kosovo) I greatly value my current location on the edge of Nairobi National Park. It is peaceful and yet within minutes I can join the hustle and bustle of the city, and meet up with friends in one of the many coffee houses. This area is perfect for contemplation. Wildlife including a huge selection of birds abounds. I feel so privileged to have found this spot and enjoy sharing its natural beauty with visitors.
I was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and have a flat there which is also available for lets. Golden light on sandstone, views to the sea, the world's first 'skyscrapers' ie tenement flats, not to mention the fascinating range of historic buildings and landscape, all in one city! The Athens of the North still surprises me on my frequent return visits. And we are in interesting times politically. Scotland may not be independent but the debate leading up to the referendum in September 2014 has had a lasting legacy : greater public participation in defining and realising a United Kingdom that all its citizens can be proud of.